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Star Wars Celebration Studies

Star Wars Celebration Studies

While working on my Star Wars Celebration Anaheim print, I created several pieces to practice and study various elements of the final painting.  I was asked if I could post some of those studies and explain my process a little. Building the Idea: First is the concept stage.  I worked out several thumbnail sketches to figure out the story I wanted to tell.  Once I had that, I worked out the perspective and how I wanted the characters arranged in the composition.  I took photos of my assistant dressed as a Jedi (using some robes I borrowed from an old high school friend) for reference.  Small USB laptop lights were used to try and create the glow from the Control Crystal.  Using all this I created this concept sketch (above) I finally turned in to Lucasfilm for approval. Sketch Studies: Once I got word that the concept was approved for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, I had to work out some issues. Mainly the fact that I choose to paint an image that takes place after Star Wars Episode VI (Return of the Jedi) and good reference for the actors likeness after the film came out was very limited.  I did find some Episode V (The Empire Strikes Back) behind the scenes photos of Carrie Fischer that had her head at the right angle, but the lighting was wrong and it was in black and white.  Using that image as reference, I studied Leia’s face and how light shaped it. I also did some sketches of Luke (with beard, without beard, various hair styles, etc) to study how he should... read more

New Site!

So for the 5 or 6 of you that have been paying attention, the site has a new design.  For almost 2 years I rarely posted anything to the site so I’ve been trying to get back into the habit of updating more often.  You can also follow me at my Facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram pages as well to get all the updates.  New art will be getting posted here as soon as I finish scanning and having it all photographed. Lucasfilm just debuted my art for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim and I will be posting here once the print presale goes live.  Stay tuned for those details. Updates: – New Storenvy Site linked through the “Store” Navigation. I’ll be updating the Storenvy entries to make them more descriptive as well as adding original art. – Added Star Wars Celebration Presale landing page. – New Gallery page, linked from Navigation.  This will change as I play with new gallery templates though. – New art uploaded to Gallery. – Updated Home page. Thanks! –... read more

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